Transformation Literacy Conference week
2024 Theme: Localizing SDG Transformations
22 April 2:00 pm — 26 April 2024 4:30 pm

- 3 conference days (22, 24, 26 April)
- online networking opportunities
- free of charge for ticket holders
Registration status: OPEN

The case for change

Human activity is exceeding planetary boundaries, the very systems that make life on Earth possible. Food, water, and energy systems are threatened, as well as healthcare, education, and social services, and democracy, justice, and peace.

Efforts to drive sustainability transformations need to connect local, national, and regional efforts. Identifying ways for the Global Goals to truly go ‘glocal’ is pivotal for their achievement. Indeed, a diverse multitude of networks, communities of practice, initiatives, partnerships, and global transformation projects aim to do just that. Their approaches to localizing SDG contributions are as varied as their diverse forms.

This year, CLI’s Transformation Literacy Conference focuses on how different forms of transformation efforts, such as networks, partnerships, and global meta-collaborations – all contribute to localizing the SDGs.

We will announce more details of each conference session, speakers, and side events of the conference week soon.

You are free to choose whether your would only like to participate a single session, or the whole conference week. With your ticket you have access to all online sessions and networking opportunities.

Sessions 22 - 26 April

Monday, 22 April 2024 – 2:00 – 4:00pm CET (TLC welcome session at 1:30pm)

Localizing SDGs through Collaborative Initiatives and Partnerships:
How do multi-stakeholder initiatives and partnerships at multiple levels contribute to localizing SDG impacts?

Our first day together explores how multi-stakeholder initiatives and partnerships align goals and activities, and often pool resources for joint action. Key questions discussed are: How can multi-stakeholder partnerships and initiatives best contribute to the global goals? What makes them transformative? What do such forms look like at different geographical levels?

Wednesday, 24 April 2024 – 2:00 – 4:00pm CET

Localizing SDGs in Exchange Networks and Communities of Practice:
How can networks of peer learning and exchange, SDG communities, and Communities of Practice contribute to localizing SDG impacts?

The second day focuses on how peer learning networks, Communities of Practice and other types of exchange networks offer space for joint reflection, consultation and even coordinating action. Key questions discussed are: How can peer networks and CoPs best contribute to the global goals? What makes them transformative? What do such forms look like at different geographical levels?

Friday, 26 April 2024 – 2:00 – 4:00pm CET (wrap-up session until 4:30pm)

Localizing SDGs through Transformation Networks and Meta-Collaboration:
How do large, collaborative networks and projects across different countries or regions in the world contribute to localizing SDG impacts?

Our last day together focuses on how large, collaborative networks and projects spanning regions and countries emerge more frequently with the urgency of the climate crisis. Key questions discussed are: How can transformation networks and meta-collaborations best contribute to the global goals? What makes them transformative? What do such forms look like at different geographical levels?

Each of the 2h conference sessions is interactive and follows this structure:

  • Framing by CLI
  • Inspiration from the network: practitioners, partners, donors
  • Discussion
  • Networking among participants in the online event space

An in-person event in Potsdam, Germany, on 19 April evening will kick-off the Transformation Literacy Conference 2024 and share stories of transformation and a special surprise for invited guests. Furthermore, the Transformative Partnership Award ceremony will take place at this event.

If you receive an invitation, please reserve your ticket soon, as places are limited.

About the Transformation Literacy Conference 2024: Theme - Localizing the SDGs
The CLI Transformative Partnership Award

CLI fills the gap of prizes that still award purely results, rather than the development of quality processes and methods towards sustainable results. Process and system skills for partnerships are a key competence that strengthens resilience, and that shows sustainable solutions to the complex goals of the 2030 Agenda.
Therefore, feel free to learn more and apply for the Transformative Partnership Award.

Learn more about the Award


  • Learn more about Transformation Literacy in the context of Localizing SDG Transformations
  • Get to know experts and practitioners and explore their findings
  • Connect with high-profile professionals from the civil society-, public-, private-, and research sector
  • Develop your network for strategizing transformative change (we expect up to 500 conference participants during the TLC week 2024)
  • Contribute to SDG implementation and the systemic change from dominator to partnership models.
Pitch your SDG localization idea!

CLI invites you to participate the “Pitch your SDG localization idea!” opportunity. We will have a place at this year's conference where participants can see your idea or project. If you have an idea on localizing SDG transformations that you want to share, please fill in the short application form. Please do so only after you have already registered to the conference. More instructions will come when you click on the form below.

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#TLC 2024 registration status (last update 23 February 2024):

  • 64 registrations
  • 28 countries

Organisations (selection): ADRA, Africa Emancipation Movement, Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Brandeis University, Community Alliance for Global Justice, Foundation for Good Governance and Democratic Initiative, Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), International Evaluation Academy, Kozminski University, MIS GmbH, NABU, Network Weaving Institute, ProjectTogether, Shandong University of Finance and Economics, Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA), Society for Planet and Prosperity, Terre des hommes, German Environment Agency (UBA), UNESCO, UN Habitat, UN Volunteers (UNV), Weltfriedensdienst, WWF, York University

What participants said last year

Quotes from the 2023 TLC edition
Conference hosts
Meet your conference host Elisabeth
Executive Director and Senior Project Manager at CLI Germany

Your conference co-host will be Elisabeth Kuehn.

Learn more about Elisabeth
Meet your conference host Dominic
Managing Partner and Lead Faculty at CLI Spain

Your conference co-host will be Dominic Stucker.

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Meet your conference host Douglas
Managing Partner and Senior Project Manager at CLI USA

Your conference co-host will be Douglas F. Williamson.

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Transformation Literacy Conference 2023: Kick-off in Potsdam 21 April
Transformation Literacy Conference week 2024 - registration

Register now for CLI's Transformation Literacy Conference week 2024: Localizing SDG Transformation
22, 24, 26 April 2024
Always 2 - 4 pm CET

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Conference partners

The Transformation Literacy Conference is organized by CLI. It is only possible thanks to the support of partners and media that are stated here (the partner list will be updated regularly):

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